Sidney Leng

Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.
Sidney Leng
Sidney Leng joined the Post in 2015 after spending a year and a half working for US media, including National Public Radio and Foreign Policy Magazine. He has been covering China's macroeconomic policies and financial regulations since 2016.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping to make first official trip to North Korea this week

Visit to take place on Thursday and Friday and follows repeated invitations from Pyongyang.

18 Jun 2019 - 12:02AM

Visit to take place on Thursday and Friday and follows repeated invitations from Pyongyang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping to make first official trip to North Korea this week
Trade war with US could spark global financial ‘chaos’, warns former China central bank governor

Former People’s Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan warns that emerging markets reliant on exports may look to take advantage of openings in the markets.

14 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

Former People’s Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan warns that emerging markets reliant on exports may look to take advantage of openings in the markets.

Trade war with US could spark global financial ‘chaos’, warns former China central bank governor
Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says ‘external pressure’ can actually help China’s economy

President Xi Jinping’s chief US trade war negotiator Liu He did not specifically reference the rising tensions with the United States during a surprise speech in Shanghai.

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President Xi Jinping’s chief US trade war negotiator Liu He did not specifically reference the rising tensions with the United States during a surprise speech in Shanghai.

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He says ‘external pressure’ can actually help China’s economy
China’s fragmented health care system under increasing pressure as nation rapidly ages

Around 2,300 top tier public hospitals are at capacity, while 950,000 lower-tier hospitals, community health centres and clinics are struggling with low quality and low utilisation.

11 Jun 2019 - 9:27PM

Around 2,300 top tier public hospitals are at capacity, while 950,000 lower-tier hospitals, community health centres and clinics are struggling with low quality and low utilisation.

China’s fragmented health care system under increasing pressure as nation rapidly ages
China business outlook drops to lowest level on record amid US trade war, May’s Caixin PMI report shows

‘Subdued expectations’ among manufacturing and service-sector companies for the year ahead, according to latest Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index.

5 Jun 2019 - 1:45PM

‘Subdued expectations’ among manufacturing and service-sector companies for the year ahead, according to latest Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index.

China business outlook drops to lowest level on record amid US trade war, May’s Caixin PMI report shows
Vietnam biggest winner from first year of the US-China trade war as supply chains shift, report shows

Analysis by Japanese investment bank Nomura shows how exporters redirected goods to avoid paying duties imposed since July last year.

6 Jun 2019 - 4:24AM

Analysis by Japanese investment bank Nomura shows how exporters redirected goods to avoid paying duties imposed since July last year.

Vietnam biggest winner from first year of the US-China trade war as supply chains shift, report shows
China’s 8.34 million graduates fighting for fewer jobs as vacancies dwindle and gap years increase, survey shows

China’s economy is struggling to maintain stable growth in the midst of the trade war with the United States, with employment concerns increasing.

31 May 2019 - 10:05PM

China’s economy is struggling to maintain stable growth in the midst of the trade war with the United States, with employment concerns increasing.

China’s 8.34 million graduates fighting for fewer jobs as vacancies dwindle and gap years increase, survey shows
Trade war-hit town near Shanghai see positives from US-China tensions as it seeks two-way investment flows

Official from Tongxiang in Zhejiang province hope that its manufacturers will set up factories in the United States but keep their headquarters in China.

24 May 2019 - 10:59PM

Official from Tongxiang in Zhejiang province hope that its manufacturers will set up factories in the United States but keep their headquarters in China.

Trade war-hit town near Shanghai see positives from US-China tensions as it seeks two-way investment flows
US-China trade war tariffs wreak havoc on Christmas orders with Chinese manufacturers thrown into disarray

Chinese manufacturers would normally be expecting Christmas orders from US clients about now, but trade war uncertainty is forcing them to change plans.

24 May 2019 - 9:31AM

Chinese manufacturers would normally be expecting Christmas orders from US clients about now, but trade war uncertainty is forcing them to change plans.

US-China trade war tariffs wreak havoc on Christmas orders with Chinese manufacturers thrown into disarray
Trade war to hit high-end US fashion brands dependent on specialised Chinese manufacturing

US clothing brands will be hit hard by proposed new US tariffs because of their increasing dependence on China for high-end apparel production.

16 May 2019 - 6:50AM

US clothing brands will be hit hard by proposed new US tariffs because of their increasing dependence on China for high-end apparel production.

Trade war to hit high-end US fashion brands dependent on specialised Chinese manufacturing
As US-China trade war tariffs strike, ships at sea are safe but ‘blackmail’ mood sours at Chinese docks

Chinese exporters bemoan uncertainty amid claims of ‘cut throat’ treatment and ‘blackmail’ caused by new 25 per cent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump.

11 May 2019 - 4:23AM

Chinese exporters bemoan uncertainty amid claims of ‘cut throat’ treatment and ‘blackmail’ caused by new 25 per cent tariff imposed by US President Donald Trump.

As US-China trade war tariffs strike, ships at sea are safe but ‘blackmail’ mood sours at Chinese docks
Brain drain in China’s rust belt exacerbated by economic decline as talent competition heats up

The continuing decline of Northeastern China’s low-tech industries is hastening a drain of talented workers, worsening the region’s outlook.

10 May 2019 - 4:43PM

The continuing decline of Northeastern China’s low-tech industries is hastening a drain of talented workers, worsening the region’s outlook.

Brain drain in China’s rust belt exacerbated by economic decline as talent competition heats up
Fidel Castro’s part in shaping China’s economic link with Venezuela revealed by former bank governor

More than US$67 billion has been loaned to the Latin American country since a 2005 agreement between Chinese president Hu Jintao and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

9 May 2019 - 11:29PM

More than US$67 billion has been loaned to the Latin American country since a 2005 agreement between Chinese president Hu Jintao and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Fidel Castro’s part in shaping China’s economic link with Venezuela revealed by former bank governor
China’s Northeastern rust belt struggling to retain population as economic slowdown speeds up exodus

Tieling and Fushun, two cities in Liaoning province, highlight the problems of shrinking cities in China’s northeastern rust belt as economic slowdown speeds up exodus.

10 May 2019 - 4:46PM

Tieling and Fushun, two cities in Liaoning province, highlight the problems of shrinking cities in China’s northeastern rust belt as economic slowdown speeds up exodus.

China’s Northeastern rust belt struggling to retain population as economic slowdown speeds up exodus
Avalanche hits China’s Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

No one injured in rockfall at popular tourist destination.

4 May 2019 - 10:43PM

No one injured in rockfall at popular tourist destination.

Avalanche hits China’s Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Guangzhou joins China’s race for talented overseas graduates as economic competition heats up

The capital city of China’s Guangdong province lowers its requirements to obtain a local residency permit, which is needed to access health care and education.

1 May 2019 - 10:00AM

The capital city of China’s Guangdong province lowers its requirements to obtain a local residency permit, which is needed to access health care and education.

Guangzhou joins China’s race for talented overseas graduates as economic competition heats up
China and Canada fall away as Mexico becomes the US’ biggest trading partner

Mexico is benefiting from ongoing US-China trade war, after overtaking Canada and China to become the US’ biggest trading partner in January and February.

26 Apr 2019 - 7:00PM

Mexico is benefiting from ongoing US-China trade war, after overtaking Canada and China to become the US’ biggest trading partner in January and February.

China and Canada fall away as Mexico becomes the US’ biggest trading partner
Beijing’s P2P owners and senior executives hit with travel ban as China cracks down on online lending

Chaoyang district posts notice on social media account banning staff from peer-to-peer lending platforms from leaving China’s capital city without approval.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Chaoyang district posts notice on social media account banning staff from peer-to-peer lending platforms from leaving China’s capital city without approval.

Beijing’s P2P owners and senior executives hit with travel ban as China cracks down on online lending
China’s economic growth unable to boost employment as job market drops to six-year low, says think tank

In the first quarter of 2019, the number of potential applicants rose to the highest level since 2011, while demand for staff declined.

20 Apr 2019 - 4:46AM

In the first quarter of 2019, the number of potential applicants rose to the highest level since 2011, while demand for staff declined.

China’s economic growth unable to boost employment as job market drops to six-year low, says think tank
China’s tax cuts were meant to boost its slowing economy, but will they end up hurting debt-ridden regions?

Premier Li Keqiang announced reductions in value-added and personal income taxes and a lowering of the social security contribution rate in March.

11 Apr 2019 - 6:16PM

Premier Li Keqiang announced reductions in value-added and personal income taxes and a lowering of the social security contribution rate in March.

China’s tax cuts were meant to boost its slowing economy, but will they end up hurting debt-ridden regions?
Chinese capital controls mean Shanghai is not a global financial hub, US bankers say

Shanghai will fall short of meeting its goal of becoming an international financial centre by 2020, according to a survey by AmCham Shanghai.

5 Apr 2019 - 1:07AM

Shanghai will fall short of meeting its goal of becoming an international financial centre by 2020, according to a survey by AmCham Shanghai.

Chinese capital controls mean Shanghai is not a global financial hub, US bankers say
China’s shrinking cities are still addicted to building despite population slump

More than one-third of the 71 shrinking cities still building new industrial zones or residential districts are located in China’s northeast.

2 Apr 2019 - 11:14AM

More than one-third of the 71 shrinking cities still building new industrial zones or residential districts are located in China’s northeast.

China’s shrinking cities are still addicted to building despite population slump
Pollution containment stepped up at site of Yancheng chemical factory blast in China

Rescue operations expanded to nearly 2 sq km, with 28 still reported missing.

25 Mar 2019 - 4:45PM

Rescue operations expanded to nearly 2 sq km, with 28 still reported missing.

Pollution containment stepped up at site of Yancheng chemical factory blast in China
‘I knew it was a time bomb’: China chemical plant blast was not the first at industrial park

Local residents say they took the risk of staying there because they relied on the factories for work, while investigators criticise authorities and company bosses for failing to rectify safety problems.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:02PM

Local residents say they took the risk of staying there because they relied on the factories for work, while investigators criticise authorities and company bosses for failing to rectify safety problems.

‘I knew it was a time bomb’: China chemical plant blast was not the first at industrial park
Chinese chemical plant survivors relive horror of ‘earth-shattering’ blast

One man said he saw a child being thrown into the air, while witnesses describe how shards of glass ‘fell like rain’ after Yancheng explosion.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:18AM

One man said he saw a child being thrown into the air, while witnesses describe how shards of glass ‘fell like rain’ after Yancheng explosion.

Chinese chemical plant survivors relive horror of ‘earth-shattering’ blast
China chemical plant explosion: relatives grieve and villagers flee like refugees

Hospital emergency wards filled with injured workers, residents and anxious families, as survivors and witnesses tell of the destruction caused by Thursday’s blast at chemical plant in Jiangsu.

22 Mar 2019 - 7:36PM

Hospital emergency wards filled with injured workers, residents and anxious families, as survivors and witnesses tell of the destruction caused by Thursday’s blast at chemical plant in Jiangsu.

China chemical plant explosion: relatives grieve and villagers flee like refugees
Devastation at blast site after China chemical plant explosion leaves at least 64 dead, 640 injured

Explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant on Thursday leaves 640 injured and forces nearly 3,000 people to be evacuated.

23 Mar 2019 - 2:20AM

Explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical plant on Thursday leaves 640 injured and forces nearly 3,000 people to be evacuated.

Devastation at blast site after China chemical plant explosion leaves at least 64 dead, 640 injured
Almost one-third of Chinese cities are shrinking, but urban planners told to keep building

The study tracked the intensity of night lights in more than 3,300 cities and towns between 2013 and 2016, but urban planners are still being told to keep building.

19 Mar 2019 - 9:49AM

The study tracked the intensity of night lights in more than 3,300 cities and towns between 2013 and 2016, but urban planners are still being told to keep building.

Almost one-third of Chinese cities are shrinking, but urban planners told to keep building
US academics call on Beijing to immediately release Canadian Michael Kovrig, saying his arrest has ‘chilling effect’ on US-China relations

Group issues joint statement saying his arrest ‘has a chilling effect on all those who are committed to advance constructive US-China relations’.

12 Mar 2019 - 2:50AM

Group issues joint statement saying his arrest ‘has a chilling effect on all those who are committed to advance constructive US-China relations’.

US academics call on Beijing to immediately release Canadian Michael Kovrig, saying his arrest has ‘chilling effect’ on US-China relations
China’s GDP growth could be half of reported number, says US economist at prominent Chinese university

US economist Michael Pettis of Peking University says China GDP is overestimated as bad debt is not written down.

10 Mar 2019 - 9:09AM

US economist Michael Pettis of Peking University says China GDP is overestimated as bad debt is not written down.

China’s GDP growth could be half of reported number, says US economist at prominent Chinese university